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November 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
SACRAMENTO -- California's secretary of state on Monday filed a lawsuit to try to force a voting machine company to pay damages for selling unauthorized systems to five California counties. A spokeswoman for Secretary of State Debra Bowen said the lawsuit seeks about $15 million from Elections Systems & Software Inc. of Omaha.
April 19, 2006 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
With much of the country still struggling with new electronic voting systems, Los Angeles County has once again stuck with a go-slow approach. County supervisors Tuesday voted to spend as much as $45 million in state and federal dollars to upgrade the county's current InkaVote balloting system to comply with new federal voting guidelines, rather than purchase a substantially more expensive electronic system.
December 24, 2002 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Orange County's registrar of voters has selected an electronic voting system to replace the aging punch-card machines that have caused a number of recent election-night snafus. The registrar decided not to go with a popular touch-screen system but selected a machine that uses a wheel that allows voters to highlight selected candidates. The system will also allow the blind and non-English speakers to vote without special assistance.
November 10, 2003 | Tim Reiterman and Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writers
As secretary of state in 2001, Bill Jones moved to rid California of the type of antiquated voting machines that helped throw the presidential election into turmoil in Florida. Then last year he sponsored a successful $200-million industry-backed bond measure that gave counties money to buy high-tech replacements. Now, the former elections chief is a paid consultant to one of the major voting machine firms vying for that business.
March 23, 2004 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Grand Jury has decided not to review problems with the county's new voting machines in the March 2 election, and instead will rely on two county supervisors to investigate the matter, the panel's foreman said Monday. The chairman of a community activist group that sought the probe said he was disappointed by the decision. "They're abrogating their responsibilities and washing their hands of it," said Amin David, president of Los Amigos of Orange County.
March 18, 2006 | Hemmy So, Times Staff Writer
A whistle-blower to some, a thief to others, Stephen Heller says he's a regular guy, not an activist or a member of any political group. But charged last month in Los Angeles with three felonies for allegedly stealing damaging documents about voting machine manufacturer Diebold Election Systems, Heller has become a hero to digital rights and political activists who say he helped expose a threat to the election system.
May 11, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Sol Vanzi, Los Angeles Times
Filipinos on Monday appeared set to elect as president the son of late democracy icon Corazon Aquino in an attempt to turn a corner on long years of alleged graft and election fraud. Sen. Benigno Aquino III held a commanding lead with votes from just under 80% of precincts tallied nationwide. He led a nine-candidate presidential race with 40% of the vote, followed by his closest rival, former President Joseph Estrada, who had 25%. Officials say it could take several days to proclaim an outright winner.
September 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) added her name to a bill that would require electronic voting machines to produce a paper record of ballots, one day after a machine she tested in Maryland produced an erroneous result. She signed on as a co-sponsor to legislation filed by Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.). Graham's bill was introduced in response to fears that electronic voting machines used nationwide were subject to human error, could fail or be tampered with.
June 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The manufacturer of touch-screen voting equipment will pay for San Diego County voters to use paper ballots through November 2006, and the county will make its first payment toward the electronic voting machines it bought last year. County officials will also refrain from suing Diebold Election Systems Inc. as part of the agreement announced Wednesday.
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